Sidney Crosby is a punk? Don’t scoff, he’s really acting like it over the past couple of weeks. With the Penguins mired in a catastrophic losing skid, Crosby picked his second fight against an unsuspecting victim in two weeks, and his moves this time around were just as lowbrow as they were the first time. Poor Panthers center Brett McLean never saw Crosby coming.
According to FANHOUSE, and readily verified by the video after the jump, Crosby attacked McLean after a draw, a move which followed a squared-off bout between Maxime Talbot and Gregory Campbell moments earlier. Yet unlike the Talbot-Campbell fight, McLean never got a chance to get ready for Crosby, let alone accept the fight.
The results, as you might assume considering the fact that Crosby was still wearing a helmet with a visor on, are fairly predictable. Neither guy looked very good, Crosby hardly landed any punches, and the shoving match melted down to a jersey pulling contest. Worse yet, because Crosby and McLean received five-minute major for fighting — with Crosby also getting a 10-minute misconduct and a double-minor for roughing — the game eroded into a total joke; Florida won, 6-1.
Maybe it shouldn’t be so surprising that Crosby has turned to fisticuffs in an attempt to change Pittsburgh’s fortunes. He’s the Penguins’ captain, and with the team now 8-13 since the middle of November, they desperately need any spark they can get.
Still, having their captain — a young star who might be the most gifted player in game — throw wild punches probably isn’t the way to do it. After all, one missed down-bound shot that hits the ice, and Crosby has a broken hand or knuckle. One broken Crosby hand or knuckle, and Pittsburgh’s season is just about over.
Check out the video and judge for yourself, but we’re not impressed. And don’t worry, we’ll drop in the video from Crosby’s earlier, nut-shot adventure right below, just for comparison’s sake.